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INTERVIEW: Japanese Lawmaker Wants Opposition Camp to Lead Constitution Talks

INTERVIEW: Japanese Lawmaker Wants Opposition Camp to Lead Constitution Talks

   Tokyo, Aug. 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese opposition parties should lead parliamentary discussions on constitutional amendment, opposition lawmaker Shiori Yamao said in a recent interview.
   "By making constructive proposals, opposition parties should provide points of contention to the public and lead discussions," said Yamao, head of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan's research council on the Constitution.
   Major opposition parties, including the CDPJ, have refused calls from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for discussions on constitutional reform out of concerns about the possibility of "extremely rough" proceedings, she said.
   Abe has been pushing to amend the Constitution to clarify the existence of the Self-Defense Forces in Article 9, its war-renouncing clause. Yamao said Abe's explanations that the move will cause no changes in the SDF's missions and power is "clearly misleading."
   "Stipulating the SDF's existence without controlling its functions would highly likely result in all functions being tolerated under the Constitution," she said.

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